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  1. Italian Design: La Mappa
    Design 101

    Italian Design: La Mappa

    You know where your Parmesan cheese comes from: Parma. But which region offers the best chairs? We've mapped it out for you.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    06.17.11

  2. Italian Design: Il Futuro
    Design 101

    Italian Design: Il Futuro

    As impressive as Italy’s design legacy is, it’s the future that moves this lot. Get the inside track on what’s next.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    06.17.11

  3. Italian Design: Passato al Presente
    Design 101

    Italian Design: Passato al Presente

    A look at the greats of Italian design, from past untill present.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    06.15.11

  4. Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano
    Design 101

    Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano

    From Marble to mobili, Italy has been a, if not the, design mecca for the last century. Here's why.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    06.15.11

  5. Bolle
    How they make it

    Bolle

    On Murano, an island near Venice, Italy, glass artisans go to work before dawn. Inside one workshop, the kilns have been howling all night, preparing colored glass for the day’s work. In 1921...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    04.30.10

  6. Dyson Airblade
    How they make it

    Dyson Airblade

    Several years ago, Dyson, the British company famed for its vacuum cleaners, made a foray into uncharted commercial territory. The result—the Dyson Airblade—is revolutionary for its...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Leon Chew
    04.29.10

  7. Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban
    Profiles

    Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban

    Istanbul modern? In a word, it’s Autoban. With their east-meets-west twist on mid-century classics, this young duo has jump-started their hometown’s design scene.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    03.04.10

  8. Massimo Iosa Ghini: The Speed of Design
    Interviews

    Massimo Iosa Ghini: The Speed of Design

    Designer Massimo Iosa Ghini takes a moment to reflect on the hazards of speed and the merits of Europe’s standard of living.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    08.05.09

  9. She's No Dummy
    Profiles

    She's No Dummy

    As Volvo crash-test engineer Laura Thackray knows, dummies—even virtual ones—can teach us a thing or two about safety.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    07.28.09

  10. Waste Opportunity
    Design 101

    Waste Opportunity

    While the Western world forgets its waste with a flush, 2.6 billion people don’t even have toilets. Virginia Gardiner ventures to the World Toilet Summit in search of sanitation’s future.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    05.13.09

  11. The Trabecula Bench
    How they make it

    The Trabecula Bench

    Freedom of Creation—In recent decades, computer-aided design (CAD) has transcended the screen, thanks to the advent of automatic fabrication, a process wherein three-dimensional objects take...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    03.31.09

  12. Tools of the Trade
    Design 101

    Tools of the Trade

    Design-build practices invest considerable time in setting up shop and tremendous capital in tools. Three basic categories of shop work dominate almost every project: cutting, assembly, and...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  13. Design-Build Explained
    Design 101

    Design-Build Explained

    How does design-build affect the project? the process? the client? Here, the principals of five thriving design-build firms weigh in

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  14. Design, Build, and Beyond
    Design 101

    Design, Build, and Beyond

    An increasing number of contributors to our ever-expanding built world are referring to their practices as design-build. That means that the same minds and hands do both the designing and the...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  15. 101 Design-Build
    Design 101

    101 Design-Build

    Demystifying design-build: Where does design stop and building begin? Plus, tools of the trade.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.27.09

  16. 101 Bathrooms
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms

    Contemplating the proverbial "throne" the world over, Virginia Gardiner wonders why modernism hasn't caught on the to the john. Also bathroom swag on parade.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.26.09

  17. The Alessi 9090
    How they make it

    The Alessi 9090

    Alessi—In the 1970s, Alessi invested $300,000 to develop its first cooking appliance: a stovetop espresso maker by Richard Sapper. The northern Italian family business had made stainless...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Alex Subrizi
    02.26.09

  18. Meet Your Maker
    Design 101

    Meet Your Maker

    Ever wanted to be a designer? One of the biggest parts of the job is working with your manufacturer to turn a concept into a real product. Dwell asked several designers to share their favorite...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.25.09

  19. 101 Manufacturing
    Design 101

    101 Manufacturing

    Manufacturing from conception to production and reproduction.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    02.25.09

  20. Jeffrey Bernett on the Landscape Chaise for B&B Italia
    Design 101

    Jeffrey Bernett on the Landscape Chaise for B&B Italia

    B&B Italia, which was founded in the mid-’60s, developed the first injection-molded polyurethane-foam seating, which today is still the basis of its upholstered seating.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.31.09

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